PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer coach, Darren Ambrose, has announced the addition of Paige Lombard to the Quakers’ roster for the 2014 season. A transfer, Lombard joins the program from the University of Miami and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“We are really please that Paige chose to come to Penn,” said Ambrose, who enters his 15th season at the helm in 2014. “She has ACC experience, which will allow her to hit the ground running this fall. She is an athletic defender who will complement a very good core of played in those roles. We pride ourselves on how we defend, and Paige will add to that strength.”
Lombard joins a program that is coming off one of its best seasons ever. Penn had an exceptional 2013 season, going 12-1-4 overall -- setting a school record for fewest losses -- and finishing second in the Ivy League at 5-1-1. Defensively, the Quakers finished fourth in the country in shutout percentage, with 12 clean sheets in 17 matches, and allowed just eight goals all year.
Penn returns 15 letterwinners from last year’s team, including six starters and a trio of first-team All-Ivy players in juniors Caroline Dwyer, Erin Mikolai and Kalijah Terilli. The Quakers will open their 2014 season on Friday, Sept. 5 at Mount St. Mary’s.
Belleair Bluffs, Fla.
Palm Harbor University HS (Univ. of Miami)
2013 (at Miami): Played in 17 games, making nine starts for a team that went 9-8-1 overall, 4-8-1 in ACC … Scored final goal in 2-0 season-opening win over Cincinnati … Credited with assist in 3-2 win over Jacksonville … Registered at least two shots in five games … Delivered five 90-minute performances, including two straight to end season … Finished year with one goal and one assist … Earned letter.
2012 (at Miami): Started team's first five games before suffering season-ending injury against Pitt ... Scored goal in first collegiate game, Canes' season-opening win over Florida ... Added assist in team's 4-0 rout of Morehead State … Miami finished the season 9-7-4, 4-4-2 in ACC play, and advanced to the NCAA College Cup first round.
High School: Lettered four years in soccer, captain as a senior … Helped team to a pair of state titles, in 2009 and 2010 … Team MVP in 2012, defensive player of the year in 2011 … Also a four-year letterwinner in track, helped team to district championship in 2012 … Mu Alpha Theta … National Honor Society member.
Personal: The daughter of Susan and Jeffrey Lombard … Older sister, Zoe, played soccer at Boston College … Twin brother, Sterling, rows crew at the College of Charleston … Younger sister, Quinn, plays soccer at Furman … Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.